Doses of Maxalt work differently in different people. You and your doctor can weigh the possible benefit of a higher dose of Maxalt with possible side-effect risks. Weighing benefits and risks is true for both dosage forms of Maxalt, the regular tablets or the tablets that dissolve in your mouth.
By keeping a migraine journal of what doses you are taking when you experience a migraine, you can be prepared to discuss how well the drug works during your visits to your doctor. Be sure to share your headache log with your doctor at your next appointment.
Your doctor may prescribe either a 5-mg or 10-mg dosage of Maxalt or Maxalt-MLT for your migraine attack. When you have a migraine headache, take your medication as directed by your doctor.
Learn more about Maxalt and the potential benefits and risks by visiting the Maxalt forum.
Maxalt Dosage – Tablets
If you are taking Maxalt regular tablets, swallow the tablet whole with liquid.
If you are taking Maxalt-MLT, leave the dissolving tablet in its package until you are ready to take it. Remove the blister from the foil pouch. Do not push the tablet through the blister. Instead, peel open the blister pack with dry hands and place the tablet on your tongue. The tablet will dissolve rapidly and be swallowed with your saliva. You don’t need liquid to take the orally disintegrating tablet.
If your headache comes back after initial relief, you can take a second tablet as long as 2 hours have passed since your last dose. If your migraine pain does not respond to Maxalt, do not take a second dose without first talking to your doctor. The total daily dose should not be more than 30 mg of Maxalt in a 24-hour period (for example, do not take more than three 10-mg tablets in a 24-hour period).
Use in Children
Safety and effectiveness of Maxalt in children have not been established. That’s why Maxalt is not recommended for use in people under age 18.
Use in the Elderly
There is little information about the use of Maxalt in the elderly, since migraine does not occur very often in this group of people.
If you are elderly and have problems with your liver, heart or blood pressure or other health conditions, learn more about Maxalt and the potential benefits and risks by visiting the Maxalt Precautions and Warnings section.
Written & reviewed by: Lisa Erwin R.Ph. CGP | Last review date: Dec 2010. Click the References Link below for a complete list of references.
Written & reviewed by: Lisa Erwin R.Ph. CGP | Last review date: Dec 2010.